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One of America's great newspapers is already a shadow of its former self. The latest buyout of about 80 LA Times veterans is focused on the reporters and editors who have the most experience. We hear what that will mean for news consumers who depend on what's still the biggest news organization on the West Coast.

Later on the program, ice melting on Greenland is raising sea levels around the world — a major topic for next week's Climate Summit in Paris. We talk to the UCLA professor who knows it best.

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Mass Exodus at the LA Times 15 MIN, 21 SEC

The latest buyout of news room veterans at the LA Times has a former editor saying, the "loss of knowledge and wisdom" makes you want to cry." That's according to Kevin Roderick, who has access to a closed Facebook group where the names are being discussed. Kevin himself once worked at the paper. He's creator of LA Observed online and a familiar voice on KCRW.

Guests:
Carol Williams, Los Angeles Times (@cjwilliamslat)
Kevin Roderick, LA Observed (@laobserved)
Robert Hernandez, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (@webjournalist)

LA Researcher Has Been Watching Greenland Melt 8 MIN, 38 SEC

OMG is a familiar acronym for "Oh, My God." Fittingly, it also stands for Oceans Melting Greenland, a project of NASA. The melting of ice on Greenland is a major component of sea-level rise, a major topic for next week's Climate Change Summit in Paris. Laurence Smith won't be there, but his findings will be. He's Chair of Geography at UCLA, author of The World in 2050: : Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future," and a leading authority on ice melting in Greenland.

Guests:
Laurence C. Smith, UCLA

The World in 2050

Laurence C. Smith

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